Unite calls for renewed focus on offshore safety

25 Apr

Following an emergency debate on offshore safety at the Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) annual conference in Inverness this morning, trade unions from across the sector highlighted the persistent dangers facing workers on a daily basis.

Unite, which represents 15,000 members working in the UK offshore industry, also outlined specific concerns over the future potential for incidents caused by ageing installations delivering North Sea oil and gas operations.

Unite Regional Industrial Officer John Taylor said, “Recent incidents like the Elgin and Buzzard platforms highlight the dangers that our offshore members face.

Today the STUC joined the growing voices of concern for the proposed introduction of new EU Regulations for the offshore industry.

In 2011, the HSE found that more than half of offshore installations had reached their expected shelve-life of 20 years – yet most are expected to keep operating for the foreseeable future.

Now, more than ever, we need a renewed focus on offshore health and safety. Trade unions must ensure that health and safety standards are never compromised due to commercial pressures – any risk at all is too high a risk for offshore workers and their families.”

ENDS

For further information please contact Unite Regional Industrial Officer John Taylor in the Aberdeen office on 0845 604 8312 or 01224 645271.

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